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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona December 18th 2016

Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992Lo último que necesitaba, amanecimos y sentíamos que el barco era un columpio. Tomamos un dramamine, fuimos a desayunar y regresamos a dormir. Después de todo, atracamos en Barcelona hasta la 1pm. A las 11:45 fuimos por un lunch y salimos a pasear. La salida en los MSC es un poco más lenta que en los otros barcos, no se veíam desorganizados pero así se sentía. Compramos el servicio de Shuttle en el barco, por €8.90 pero había un Cruise-Bus por €4 :( Esta ha sido la vez que menos tiempo ibamos a pasar en un puerto, y se notó. Tomámos el metro para ir a la Sagrada Familia, €5.32 por persona ida y regreso. En la SF había un evento especial y no se permitía el paso al público, o sea que sólo ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona November 24th 2016

After another evening sampling the tapas in Fondo, we decided over pig’s ears to devote our final day in Barcelona to Gaudi. The Other Half decided against sampling the afore mentioned and saved her appetite for the grilled prawns and fideua – the latter is a form of paella with noodle base. We devoted our final day in Barcelona to Gaudi. Antoni Gaudi’s most famous creation in the city is the Basilica & Expiatory Church of the Holy Family – otherwise known as the Sagrada Familia. Along with the thousands, we had been to see the progress on this project earlier in the trip. The unfinished is still coming along, although exactly what the final finish date will be is open to debate. Gaudi of course is long since departed, after his unfortunate incident with a ... read more
Park Guell
Barcelona Milla
Park Guell

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona November 21st 2016

The temporary “resident” of our local Caixa Bank was sound asleep in the cash machine hall, as we headed out Sunday morning. The ingenious member of the disadvantaged in Barcelona had found a solution to his temporary housing problems. He had moved in at some point after close of business on Friday and taken up residence in the warm. The customers seemed not to mind and were still engaged in their normal cash transactions, whilst our man slept his way through the weekend. The remainder of the neighbourhood was also fast asleep with the exception of the dog walking fraternity. We made our way towards the Stadium Narcis Sala, home of Union Esportes Sant Andreu. The ultras were gathering – as per their instructions on Twitter – for the march to their local derby with Club ... read more
Plaza Catalunya
CE Jupiter v UE Sant Andreu
Plaza Catalunya

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona November 17th 2016

It was a pleasant, sunny mid-November Friday afternoon. The location - a back street bar in the Barcelonetta area behind the beach. 12 Euros. A 20 Euro note was handed over. Are you sure we heard correctly? The change duly arrived. There was no mistake - 8 Euros returned. 2 large, 1 small Estrella Dam. The price of Brexit and a collapsing £. After the Man in the Middle's chin had been retrieved from the floor, we had a philosophical discussion about the price of continental lagers in the John Borlaise Warren and an air of reality returned. We went on our merry way, although there would be no glory to find on a weekend when the international football calendar shut down the local big leagues. There would be little chance of seeing a resident of ... read more
Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona November 16th 2016

I’ve officially been abroad for 3 months (well, almost 4 months now) and I have settled into London life well. Well, as well as can be expected – I’ve been challenged at times but have enjoyed almost every moment of moving to and settling in a different country to the one I’ve called home all my life. Especially as I’d written this off as being a doable thing years ago, particularly in the past couple of years so to be over here, finally achieving those dreams, feels amazing despite any tough moments that may arise. So, naturally, to mark this momentous occasion I went on my first proper holiday and ventured outside of the UK. Since I’d gotten myself organised and settled and set up in a short amount of time, I treated myself to Barcelona, ... read more
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 30th 2016

Extra hour in bed as clock went back but ‘clocks shmocks’ I was wide awake and excited to get ready by 7am much to Alex’s dismay. The cruise line advises you get to the port no earlier than 11, we were there at 9, which was actually an hour later than the previous year! Manage to check our bags in with the porter and prepared for a long wait. As regular NCL clients we have a gold status so can check in in a dedicated area. During the wait we got chatting to a lovely funny gay couple, one Brit one Austrian but live in the US, had a good laugh with them before being told we had to move out of the area while they fumigated! (WTF!) One of the gay guys had a total ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 29th 2016

Up early to go for a run (well not as early as I run at home, but still). We ran 5k down to the port, over the bridges to the cruise ships and back, stumbling across a new shopping mall we hadn’t seen before, noted that down for later. Lots of activity down by the port with dozens of men dressed as women in crazy drag costumes, men and women in leather ‘gimp’ suits proudly displaying their butt cheeks and hundreds of multi coloured balloons. It appeared they were filming an LBGT movie, set around the Barcelona Pride day. The American tourists certainly looked bemused, with lots of comments like “these crazy Europeans” being bandied around. Back to the hotel to shower, then, following the fitness theme, we rented two city bikes and embarked on a ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 28th 2016

Aaagh, had no time to blog, been kind of busy! After a great evening in Alicante had a good sleep and was up early to head to the airport. Hotel only ten minutes away so easy journey. Then it got tricky. Email from Seguro parking had said to meet the rep at the gift shop so I left Alex with the bags, in fact he looked like he was looking after half the airport’s bags (we don’t travel light) and headed to gift shop. The email said the rep would be wearing purple, so every poor unsuspecting person who decided on purple as their colour-du-jour, was pounced upon by a crazy blonde English woman thrusting her car keys at them. Just before the purple wearers called security I decided to call Seguro parking where a broad ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 13th 2016

Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992A-CHOIRED Taste Thursday, October 13, 2016 DAY EIGHTEENToday we were scheduled for a five-hour tour to Monserrat, a multi-peaked mountain not far from Barcelona. It is home to one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Spain: the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Since the 12th century, pilgrims have been drawn to the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta). According to Catholic tradition, the statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat was carved by St. Luke around 50 AD and brought to Spain. It was later hidden from the Moors in a cave, where it was rediscovered in 880 AD. According to the legend of the discovery, the statue was discovered by shepherds. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually led them to the grotto and the ... read more
Black Madonna
Montserrat Boys Choir sings at the Basilica daily
Montserrat village

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 12th 2016

Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992I love "Gaudi" things!Wednesday, October 12, 2016DAY SEVENTEENToday was all things Gaudi.Our guide Anna and driver Jordi took us first to Casa Batllo, the Gaudi-designed residence with the wild façade. It is covered with mosaic tiles, and is crowned with a roof that resembles a reptile. In 1904 Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to remodel the building; he gave all rooms ample curves, so that there are no right angles throughout the house. It is fascinating. Anna took time to explain the other homes on that “row” and the fact that the neighborhood was already chichi, overlooking a park, before Gaudi and others were commissioned to do the facelift.We then moved to Casa Milà (La Pedrera), an apartment building with wave-like walls and huge chimneys. Nowadays it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Toda... read more
National Spain Day
Park Guell visitors
Park Guell

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